Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has missed out of the vacant Burkina Faso job as the West African yesterday named French-German, Gernot Rohr, as new manager for the Stallions.
The Burkinabe Football Association was quoted by koaci.com to have given the job to the 61-year-old Rohr as replacement for Belgian Paul Put, who was fired after a disappointing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign in Equatorial Guinea.
The vastly experienced coach previously handled Gabon and Niger while Keshi has handled To go and Mali in addition to Nigeria.
But in what appears a carry-over of his frustration in his inability to land the Burkina Faso job, Keshi yesterday threw barbs at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, insisting the federation was not doing him a favour renewing his contract as Eagles head coach. He insisted he was capable of walking away from the post.
“The NFF thinks without Nigerian football there is no other place to coach. This is a very wrong assumption,” fired Keshi in a report on Supersport.com.
“I love to coach Nigeria, but they think they are doing us a favour because that is the message – that they are doing us a favour to appoint a Nigeria coach. But that is not true, if they don’t want us, we would go somewhere else and coach.”
This week, Pinnick disclosed Keshi could resume as Nigeria coach should he agree on a new deal so long as he is prepared to abide by the condition of the new contract.
However, Keshi said that he has unpaid two months salaries as well as the win bonus for the 3-1 home win over Sudan in a 2015 AFCON qualifier from his previous contract as Eagles boss.
“I heard also Amaju said he has paid us everything, that he is not owing us. It is a lie, big-time lie. He is owing us two months plus our winning bonus for the game against Sudan,” said the coach.
“What is he talking about? Because I am keeping quiet, I don’t want to talk? Now if they want me to talk, I will start talking and let Nigerians know what is happening.
“I will let Nigerians know what is happening. I don’t understand, how can Amaju, who says he is the president of Nigerian football, be lying to Nigerians? Is that how he wants to run Nigeria Football?
“They are owing us money they have not paid and instead of him to say okay there is no money yet or something, he is telling everyone he has paid everything,” stressed Keshi.
A former Super Eagles captain who also previously occupied the post, Christian Chukwu, however asserted that the Nigerian post was not a birthright or preserve for Keshi.
Chukwu adviced the NFF to be firm and prompt on who occupies the Eagles post and stop the hide and seek game with Keshi
“NFF should stop using Keshi as excuse for their indecision on Super Eagles coaching job.
“It’s wrong for the NFF to be waiting on Burkina Faso to name a coach before deciding whether or not to hand Keshi a new contract.
“Super Eagles job is not an exclusive or permanent work place for Stephen Keshi or any other coach.
“I don’t think Keshi is really too heavy a burden for the football house to deal with rather they’re just trying to make something out of nothing.
“If truly they want Keshi they should go ahead and hand him a new contract and if they don’t want him they should forthwith tell Keshi we don’t want you.
“If they offer Keshi a new contract all good and fine, at least, the side will have focus and the job at hand can get off the ground immediately,” said the former Harambee Stars coach.